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The course consists of eleven instructional units that students complete on their own time, within a 12 week period of registering for the course. Each unit includes required supplementary readings in addition to the online content. These books are NOT included in the price of tuition. There is an online exam that students take upon completion of the units. Students who complete the course and pass the exam receive a certificate from the University of Miami School of Architecture.

Four books are required:

  1. Charter of the New Urbanism, Michael Leccese and Kathleen McCormick, eds. 
    (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000). This book is out of print, but can be downloaded.
  2. New Urbanism: Best Practices Guide, 4th Edition, by Robert Steuteville, Philip Langdon, et. al. (Ithaca, NY: New Urban Publications, 2009). We will send you a link to download upon registration.
  3. Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck (New York: North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000) Buy now from
  4. Sustainable Street Network Principles by the CNU. This book can be read online, or downloaded through the CNU website. Download now from the CNU.

Technical Requirements:

  • Internet access (slower connections may affect the download speed, and in turn
    affect the exam timer).
  • Web Browser, including Internet Explorer 5.5 or above, Netscape 6.x or above,
    Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari 1.x or higher
  • Adobe Flash Player 11
  • This course is not currently available via Smart Phone or Tablet Applications. It is not accessible on iPhone, iPad, or other Smart Phones.